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October 7, 2015

The Day Obama Showed Up for School

Ethiopia Obama

Praising God for this update from our friends in Ethiopia … Registration day, which was held August 17 at the Nursery school, has evolved from utter to controlled chaos. The lines of families hoping to enroll their young child into one of the 70 spots available begin in the pre-dawn hours.  Over the years, registering new students has developed into such a repetitive process that if we’re not careful we can make judgements about the next person in line without even really looking at the face of the Ethiopian standing in front of us.  But we always remind ourselves that each child is unique, designed and created by God.  When he heard an elderly woman state her boy’s name as Obama, Gary looked up into the tired grandmother’s face and realized this was an opportunity to see the fruit of our labors from several years before. It really wasn’t that … Continue reading

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October 2, 2015

Adoption: Is It Worth It?

As believers, we are people who love our extraordinary and faithful God. In 2012, we started our adoption journey following God’s lead. We set out on a path to wait for, pray for, long for and pursue a child we had never met. We knew this path of adoption would change our lives as the way we knew it. By following what God has called our family to, He has taught us to be more like Him. Our journey to Lucy was filled with a lot of waiting. God by His grace and faithfulness, taught us to be at peace while waiting; we experienced doubt over knowing if finances would be available when needed – God taught us to trust His provisions; we felt fear and worry over so many unknowns – God’s grace allowed us to give our fear to Him and solely trust in Him and His goodness. … Continue reading

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September 24, 2015

After the Horrific Videos: Now What?


Christians have always been directed by God to care for the fatherless and the vulnerable, but recent events in the news have placed the pro-life conversation front and center. While politicians and physicians now argue over which week an unborn baby is pain-capable, believers must re-assess our role in this sort of “Wilberforce movement” of our day. What can we do? What should we do? One thing is becoming increasingly clear: We must do something. Specifically, we who are pro-life must care as passionately about children after they are born as we do while they are still in the womb. One way we demonstrate our commitment to life: We support adoption. Adoption is pro-life. Being pro-life is about more than being anti-abortion. It’s about helping the mother who chooses not to terminate her pregnancy. It’s about encouraging the woman who decides to raise her child or place her child for adoption. It’s … Continue reading

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September 21, 2015

Reversing the Orphan Crisis

Chosen and Dearly Loved

Shosha’s Story. Sid and Jayne always knew they wanted to adopt. Like many couples who pursue adoption, they planned to have biological children first and then begin the adoption process. That all changed when they met and instantly loved Shosha. Shosha was diagnosed with a hole in the wall of her heart that separates the right and left ventricles. Though it was successfully repaired by a Chinese surgeon when Shosha was a year old, she received a grim diagnosis. She would never be active, and her lifespan would be short.  Sid and Jayne had many questions–not because they were deciding whether or not to adopt Shosha, but to learn how best to care for her. Sid and Jayne enlisted the help of the Chosen & Dearly Loved Foundation to bring their daughter home. After adopting Shosha, something incredible happened. Her energy grew by leaps and bounds and now she can keep … Continue reading

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September 18, 2015

A Thanksgiving Story


The topic of adoption first came up during our engagement, as it was always something I (Molly) felt a calling towards. We began talking and praying about adoption when our youngest biological child was one year old, and it was neat to see how the Lord had been working in Gabe’s heart. We asked our children what they thought of the idea, and our oldest son said if there is a child who doesn’t have a family, then we should share ours. In November of 2011, we began the paperwork to adopt a little girl from Haiti. After that, the Lord provided just the right agency, a home study agency, and the time that was needed to fill out all of the paperwork. We were blessed to have enough funds in our savings account to begin the adoption process, but knew we did not have the full amount to complete … Continue reading

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September 11, 2015

[Insert YOUR Name] {Family Friday}


Every Friday we like to highlight a family who has recently brought their child home via adoption. This week we thought we’d highlight your story. Here’s what we know for sure– God maintains your cause around the clock. Because God is both omniscient and omnipresent, you and your future child can never stray outside His thoughts. God never needs to be reminded, prompted, nudged, or nagged (though He wants to hear from you in prayer). He knows your story–including the details that make no sense to you right now–and longs for you to see things from His perspective. He hasn’t forgotten about your adoption. He is more aware of it than you are. If you could see what God sees—from His view and through His eyes—you would not fear tomorrow. You would know with certainty that the sovereign God of Heaven rules perfectly every day and in every decision—even when … Continue reading

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September 9, 2015

Orphan Sunday: 5 Ways You Can Make a Difference


November 8, 2015. Christians around the world will observe Orphan Sunday and will stand in solidarity for the vulnerable. Many churches will highlight James 1:27 and renew their commitment to visit orphans in their affliction. Whether you are a church member or a member of church staff, you have an opportunity to join believers in standing for the orphan on this important day. Here are 5 ways you can get involved: 1. PRAY. Pray for church leadership as they decide how to care for vulnerable children and families. Pray for Christians to reflect God’s love at home and abroad. Pray for the needs of the fatherless. 2. PLAN. November will be here before we know it. We’ve got a countdown clock as well as resources available to make sure November 8 doesn’t sneak up on you. 3. REFLECT. Orphan Sunday isn’t the church’s version of a greeting card holiday meant to give churches something … Continue reading

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